Business Studies

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Business touches on nearly every aspect of modern society, and so studying business is useful for both future careers and a student’s personal life, as well as being actually very interesting to study. Business Studies is one of the most popular fields of study at universities worldwide, and there are very good reasons for this.


Business students are in high demand with employers and are some of the most employable. Students will have a wide variety of possible career options open to them upon graduation.


Business is both a theoretical and a practical discipline, meaning that students not only gain a great range of knowledge, but also learn the skills needed to apply this knowledge to real life settings, again assisting with employability.



The department has links with a number of local companies including Tobermore Concrete, Tayto, Ditty’s & Sperrin Switchgear.






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Students have a choice of studying a General A level or a Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business.

General A-Level

AS Unit 1 – Introduction to Business

AS Unit 2 – Growing the Business

A2 Unit 1 – Strategic Decision Making

A2 Unit 2 – The Competitive Business Environment

Assessment – 100% Examination based


Level 3 Extended certificate in applied business

In year 13 the following units are taken:

AS Unit 1- Financial Planning and Analysis    1hr 30 mins examination
AS Unit 2- Business Dynamics    Internally Assessed Assignment
AS Unit3-Entrepreneurial Opportunities    Externally Assessed Assignment



In year 14 the following units are taken:

A2 Unit 4- Managing and Leading people    1hr 30 mins exam
A2 Unit 5- Developing a Business proposal    Internally Assessed Assignment
A2 Unit 8- Marketing Communications    Internally Assessed Assignment






There are seven main topics in GCSE Business Studies which will be examined through the use of case studies, investigations and simulations.

Unit 1 Starting a Business- creating a business, marketing and business operations

Unit 2 Developing a Business- human resources, business growth and finance

Unit3 Planning a Business(synoptic)-business plan – Controlled Assessment


Level of Entry:

There is only one Tier of entry:

Grades available A* – G


Assessment Arrangements:

2 written papers

Unit 1 Starting a Business 1 hour 30 minutes   40% of overall marks
Unit 2 Developing a Business 1 hour 30 minutes   40% of overall marks
Unit 3 Planning a Business Controlled Assessment  20% of overall marks



Extra Curricular

Young Enterprise encourages learning by doing and has as its slogan – ‘start something’. In the Rainey we have been starting things for almost 20 years with pupils in Lower Sixth given the opportunity to run their own business.





Junior Quiz League is an opportunity for Key Stage 3 pupils to enter a team and test their General Knowledge over a number of weeks to get their names on the shield presented each year. Sixth Form pupils can engage in student leadership by helping to organise and run the quiz each week.